Let's Share our Favorite Soft Fruits: How about mulberries?

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Let's Share our Favorite Soft Fruits

By dave
June 7, 2014

Welcome to Soft Fruits week! Blackerries, raspberries, strawberries and more. What are you growing, and which cultivars do you think everyone else should grow?

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Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Jun 7, 2014 12:34 PM CST
Does anyone still grow them? I remember them as a kid. I remember that there were black and white. Someone must still grow them if only for the rootstock for the fruitless mulberry trees.
Carl
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jun 7, 2014 2:16 PM CST
As noted in another thread, I have a white mulberry planted inside my chicken yard. My thought is to provide the hens with some fresh fruit without dealing with the staining issue of the darker berries. Even though my little whip is only about 3' tall, it gave me one berry last year. It was a bit difficult to find a white mulberry, I ended up ordering online from a nursery down in Oregon - none of my local nurseries carried it.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jun 7, 2014 2:26 PM CST
I have many trees on the property (wild) Both the dark and the white . I do enjoy the dark berries fresh picked but do not where my glasses because all sorts of small bugs also enjoy them Blinking
I think the real benefit to the berries is the birds prefer them to my garden grown fruits of strawberries and blueberries, so they for the most part leave the garden alone.
I hear daily fights in the trees between the birds and even the squirrels
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jun 7, 2014 3:21 PM CST
Cinda, I had read the same about cherries - if one plants a mulberry close by, the birds will chose the mulberries over cherries. The trick is pick cultivars that will ripen together I suppose.
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Jun 7, 2014 3:26 PM CST
Oh yes.
To me it seems like they are everywhere because my last place came with many mulberry trees (in MN) and my current place (UT) came with two. Maybe it's just my luck to have lawn-jam and tree-seedlings in every garden no matter where I go Hilarious!
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jun 7, 2014 3:50 PM CST
''lawn jam'' Hilarious!
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My trees are always loaded and seem to last a long while

I do hate the seedlings that come up everywhere in the garden and if I miss one for a year , the cut sapling will sprout Forever , unless you can it.

(''can it'' )
put a tin can or pot over the cut stump , with no light all the new sprouts will wither and die.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.

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